Did you know that when we started as Peguis Publishers in 1967, we were Manitoba’s first full-time publishing company? This year, we’re celebrating a half century of trailblazing, from publishing educational materials that help guide the next generation, to award-winning books from Indigenous authors that tell stories of inclusion and reconciliation.
We started fifty years ago as the brainchild of Winnipeg bookseller Mary Scorer after she realized that Manitoba didn’t have its own publishing company. She wanted to give Manitobans a voice both within and outside the province’s borders. The first work she published was a reprint of Women of Red River for the Women’s Canadian Club of Winnipeg, followed by her first original work, Four Recorders of Rupert’s Land by Roy St. George Stubbs. Peguis Publishers would also go on to publish books of poetry, including three volumes by young Manitoba poets, and one by Winnipeg Free Press book writer Thomas Saunders, Red River of the North.
Mary Dixon bought the company in 1985 and turned its focus to K-12 educational resources. During her time as owner, she won the Manitoba Women Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1993, and Peguis Publishers became Portage & Main Press in 2001.
Annalee Greenberg and Catherine Gerbasi bought P&M in 2007 and started HighWater Press, our trade imprint, which publishes books that portray a wide-ranging expression of Indigenous culture and experience. Our titles include a rich mix of novels, graphic novels, memoirs, and children’s books for readers of all ages.
We’re going to party like only we can – by reading a ton of books! We want you to celebrate with us, so stay tuned for special 50th anniversary sales and exclusive social media content (like us on Facebook!).
Do you have any special memories of Portage & Main Press or HighWater Press books? We want to hear about them! Send us your story at [email protected] to be part of our anniversary celebrations.